Emergencies preparedness, response

Ebola transmission in Liberia over. Nation enters 90-day intensive surveillance period

3 September 2015 -- Today, 3 September 2015, WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population. Forty-two days have passed since the second negative test on 22 July 2015 of the last laboratory-confirmed case. Liberia now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance.

Guinea ring vaccination trial extended to Sierra Leone to vaccinate contacts of new Ebola case

WHO team is organizing intensive response to the new Ebola case reported in Kambia, Sierra Leone, 31 August 2015
WHO/S. Gborie

31 August 2015 -- Detection of a new case of Ebola virus disease in Kambia, Sierra Leone, after the country had marked almost 3 weeks of zero cases has set in motion the first "ring vaccination" use of the experimental Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone. The source of Ebola virus transmission is being investigated and all the people who may have been in contact with the infected person are being traced.

The road to redemption: Infection prevention and control in the era of Ebola

Redemption Hospital, Monrovia, Liberia
WHO/S. Saporito

28 August 2015 -- Redemption Hospital is the only public health facility in the area and serves some 90 000 people. In August 2014, the hospital was at the centre of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. It quickly became overwhelmed and, for a time, had to close its inpatient department. Now, the community and its health workers feel safer coming to the hospital since adequate infection, prevention and control measures are in place.

GO training – a pre-deployment training for Ebola outbreak response

WHO training on Ebola, Sierra Leone
WHO/D. Licona

11 August 2015 -- The massive number of personnel deployed to the Ebola Virus Disease response in West Africa is faced with many risks. Since August 2014, WHO and partners have trained over 7000 of these health experts. The GO training is an example of pre-deployment training material developed "just-in-time" to train WHO staff, consultants and partners on the basic knowledge and skills to perform their work effectively and safely.

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Global Infection Prevention and Control Network (GIPC Network) Launch

WHO Unit on Disease Control in Humanitarian Emergencies - DCE

Natural ventilation design project website launched

Communicable disease alert and response for mass gatherings